Disaster Planning

Winter Storm Weather Checklists

This emergency preparedness Winter storm weather checklist helps you gather the right supplies so this can become an a manageable event and even an adventure for children. The checklists (look to the bottom of the page to find them) and a few suggestions of dealing with the dangers of extreme cold temperatures.

Centers for Disease ControlHow to look out for Frostbite: If you notice any pain, decreased sensation, tingling, or numbness, you should head inside immediately, where you should run warm but not hot water over the affected body part. They may become pale, gray and blisteredLayering Clothing for children and adults in cold weather: Dressing young children in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions.

How to look out for Frostbite:

If you notice any pain, decreased sensation, tingling, or numbness, you should head inside immediately, where you should run warm but not hot water over the affected body part. Never rub the affected area. Frostbite happens when the skin and outer tissues become frozen. This condition tends to happen on extremities like the fingers, toes, ears and nose. They may become pale, gray and blistered

Layering Clothing for children and adults in cold weather:

Dressing young children in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. Start with a thin inner layer to wick moisture away from the skin. Avoid cotton, which soaks up sweat and holds it against the skin, accelerating heat loss; try a lightweight polyester or polypropylene fabric instead. Add two insulating middle layers (maybe a long-sleeved top and leggings) of similar materials, keeping them a little loose to trap insulating air between fibers. Top it all off with a wind- and waterproof outer shell (Gore-Tex is one good option).

Staying Hydrated:

Did you know that cold temperatures actually alter thirst sensation so drinking water even if you are not thirsty is very important. Warm coffee, tea or hot chocolate are great options to encourage drinking as well as warming the body.

Pets:

All pets should be kept indoors and only let out long enough to relieve themselves. Wiping pets down with a dry towel as they could indoors can help raise their body temperature more quickly. If you do have to drive somewhere, HONK your horn and wait a minute for any cats seeking shelter to run away otherwise you could kill them.

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